Granny Smith Apple

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Simply irresistible! This classic favorite features a crisp bite and sweet-tart flavor. Tip-bearing tree yields a familiar green fruit perfect for fresh-eating, baking, and making cider. Fruit keeps up to six months in proper storage. Antique variety originates from Australia, circa 1868. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in late October. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Chill Hours 400
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Late October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet/tart
Texture Firm, Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Makes good pies.
Linda J on May 11, 2021
good to eat fresh with peanutbutter
Kent M on May 5, 2021
Makes good pies.
Linda J on May 11, 2021
I love Granny Smith apples
Mark C on May 5, 2021
good to eat fresh with peanutbutter
Kent M on May 5, 2021
Like a green apple
THADDEUS B on May 5, 2021
Tart and sweet!
Lona H on May 5, 2021
Great for pies, it ripens later and it???s a great apple for storage.
Michelle S on May 5, 2021
Looking forward to my ordered as usual, knowing how great Stark Bro's products are.
Dijana T on May 5, 2021
I needed a pollinator for my Pink Lady Apple tree.
Allison C on May 5, 2021
To pollinate the pink lady apple
Brian J on May 5, 2021
Sour taste
Irfan K on May 5, 2021
Great cooking/baking apple
Suzanne D on May 5, 2021
Love this apple.
JENNIFER G on May 4, 2021
Venus G on May 3, 2021
This is the favorite of all apples in our house. Tart, sweet, crunchy perfect! Great for sneaking and baking.
Elizabeth D on May 3, 2021
I prefer green apples and this will pollinate dads honeycrisp tree
Sarah H on May 2, 2021
Husband???s favorite, plus great for baking.
Shirley Y on May 1, 2021
husband loves
Kelly T on Apr 30, 2021
Pollinator plus we like them
Richard K on Apr 29, 2021
I like them for pies.
Karla M on Apr 29, 2021
I picked an apple tree , I thought it was a much better gift than a toaster as a new home purchase gift.
Val H on Apr 28, 2021
good pollinator and key to culinary delights
Nic W on Apr 26, 2021
Use for eating, pie & applesauce
Pamela N on Apr 26, 2021
I love this apple
Letha T on Apr 25, 2021
I wanted my own apple tree to bear fruit so I have fresh apples for making my favorite apple pie.
Melinda D M on Apr 25, 2021
Expanding our apple variety
Daniel C on Apr 23, 2021
I always pick bushels of these at the orchard each year, my husband loves the tart flavor and texture, and they are a perfect cooking apple in my experience. I always use them in sauce and canning sliced apples. Keep their texture and taste great.
Amanda P on Apr 21, 2021
As pollinator for empire
Kenneth V on Apr 21, 2021
I bake a lot of pies with these and for canning
Bobbie S on Apr 21, 2021
because my brother loves these
Jeanne W on Apr 21, 2021
Cross pollination. Apples for cooking and baking. Enjoy a tart apple.
Larry on Apr 20, 2021
Love granny smith apples
Vicki P on Apr 19, 2021
Recommended choice to grow with Honey Crisp and they are great for pies
Silvan J on Apr 18, 2021
Pollinator for a Fuji
Linda T on Apr 18, 2021
Dennis A on Apr 17, 2021
Love this apple and it's a good pollinator
Debra N on Apr 15, 2021
Had a Granny Smith in my small family orchard and it died over this past winter. Also have a Fuji ,a Black Twig & a Winter Banana as well as crabapples on other parts of our farm.
Ural Reid H on Apr 15, 2021
My wife and I are putting in a small home orchard. Her favorite apple is an Arkansas Black, we started with 2. This is an excellent pollinator for it, and it is an excellent baking apple to expand our options.
Mitchell M on Apr 14, 2021
love the taste
Sandra M on Apr 13, 2021
This is the pollinator tree I needed for the apple tree I already have.
Leslie B on Apr 12, 2021
My favorite cooking apple
Mabel G on Apr 11, 2021
Good pies
susanne p on Apr 10, 2021
apple pie
CHARLES B on Apr 9, 2021
First one I bought broke after planting because of wind
Bridgett B on Apr 8, 2021
My grandson want it
Zora A on Apr 7, 2021
cause Mama said to!LOL
Greg B on Apr 7, 2021
I have one Granny Smith and they are great for pies so I wanted to add another one.
Laurie S on Apr 7, 2021
Wanted a granny smith tree
Lucas M on Apr 6, 2021
Cross pollination with Honeycrisp
Rachel L on Apr 6, 2021
I bought this to use as a pollinator for our Honeycrisp apple tree. We also like Granny Smith apples.
Ken B on Apr 6, 2021
I like somewhat sour apples.
Roger q on Apr 1, 2021
I love Granny Smith apples
Mark C on May 5, 2021
Like a green apple
THADDEUS B on May 5, 2021
My sister's family likes Gala and Granny Smith apples. Can these two be planted together?
Darcy on Apr 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Gala and Granny Smith trees can cross-pollinate one another for fruit production. They would be great choices to grow, especially if your family enjoys the apples!
Can this pollinate with a honey crisp? Could the two be grown in a 10 x 10 area?
Jason P on May 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they can cross-pollinate one another. The trees can be grown in a 10 x 10 foot area as long as you opt for the dwarf size, but you may need to keep them pruned so that their branches don't crowd one another as they mature.
Your site says Pollinator required for a Granny Smith Apple Tree.

But other sites have contradicting verbiage... For example: Granny Smith apple tree is in flowering group 3. It is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, but fruiting will usually be improved if there is a compatible partner of a different variety nearby. ... (Most white-blossom crab-apples will also be good pollinators for this variety).

Does "fruiting improved" mean more apples or larger apples or both?
Thank you,
MikeK on Oct 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Michael, Thank you for contact us. Over the years, Stark Bro???s has used many different cultivars on some varieties including the Granny Smith. Not all cultivars are the same; some are self-pollinating and some are not. Because of this, we recommend that the Granny Smith not be depended upon itself. It is essential that ample cross pollination be provided. Not only will cross pollination aide in the production of fruit but the more pollen you have available the bigger your yield and your trees will bear the best quality of fruit.
What kind of soil is best for these? We have a sandy loam.
Erin H on Jun 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We also have this type of soil. It is slowly growing, but not as robust as my others. You will have to water more and use the Stark tree fertilizer. But stop feeding after July 1st.
will granny smith apple trees grow in NY state and tolerate low temperature, -20 degrees?
Lyudmila P on Apr 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Just came through its first winter, and we had record low air temps of -26F. It came through with flying colors.
I want to plant two Granny Smith trees for canning/freezing. Can I plant a Pink Lady to cross pollinate the Granny Smith?
Janet A on Aug 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can. They are both in the same bloom-time group.
On dwarf root-stock, are these tip-bearing or spur-bearing?
Mackenzie M on Apr 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I just planted the tree last year, so I am unsure. Probably fruit spurring is my guess.
Does it need to be staked?
JAMES G on Feb 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We recommend that all young trees be staked for the first few years of life. Because their root system isn't yet fully anchored, a strong windstorm can easily uproot them and knock them over.
Having trouble with fire blight what is resistant?
TERRY J on May 6, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Check out the Royal Empire??? Apple. It is resistant to fire blight.
Do you have a apple tree for zone 9 to pollinate a Granny Smith apple tree?
Lisa M on May 1, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Hi Lisa, If you type your zip code into the box in the "Zone Compatibility" section above, we will add a checkmark. This indicates which trees and plants will grow well in your location along with showing you what is available.
Why isn???t my Granny Smith producing?
Don A on Apr 12, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. First, do a soil test to check the pH (it should be between 5.5 - 6.5 for apple trees) and see which nutrients it might be missing. Then fertilize accordingly. Is the tree getting at least 6 hours of full sun? Are your trees compatible pollinators, or the same variety? If the latter, that's why you're not getting a crop. There are other reasons a tree might not be bearing fruit as you expect. This article details some basic fruit tree requirements for fruit production.

How far apart should you plant dwarf apple trees?
Darren C on Apr 5, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Mature sizes are / Recommended spacing is listed on the individual variety pages, in the Size & Spacing section. Dwarf trees mature 8-10 foot tall and wide and should be planted at least that far apart to insure room to grow without crowding.
Best fertilizer for green apple trees?
Patti B on Mar 25, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We recommend our Stark?? Tre-Pep?? Fertilizer One fertilizer for trees, shrubs and flowers. This concentrated 22-24-12 tree and plant food is the best way to ensure successful growth for nearly every plant in your yard or garden. Trees bear sooner, and plants are more lush when you start them off right. Mix with water: one tablespoon per gallon.
What is the rootstock of the semi-dwarf apple trees?
Shelby R on Feb 26, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We use several different rootstocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific rootstock. Typical root stock used for semi dwarf is m26 and m109 we just are unable to guarantee which one is used on these trees as the growers do not release this information.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can a crabapple tree be used for pollination with an apple tree?
Rose V on Feb 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes crab apples trees are used for pollinators for other varieties of apple trees.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
will granny smith pollinate with gala?
Nancy H on Feb 4, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes these are both Mid season bloomers so they will pollinate to bear fruit together.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can a Granny Smith cross-pollinate with Red Delicious and McIntosh?
Redyns on Dec 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: YEs these are all Mid season bloomers and will work for pollination.
Does it get that ceder rust ?
James S on Dec 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The Granny Smith is not disease resistant and is susceptible to rust. Here is a link to all the disease resistant varieties we offer
Is a Pippin a good pollinator for Granny Smith?
Frank A on Oct 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No unfortunately these have different bloom times. If you want the Granny smith you will need another Mid season bloomer which you can find in the characteristics under the product description and if you want the Pippin it is an Early season bloomer so you will need something similar in order for pollination to occur.
I want a tree delivered before time to plant as it is for a gift. Can this be done?
Tina P on Aug 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: If you would like us to ship your order at a different time, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180. We would be glad to help you arrange what suits you and your growing zone best.
We live close to pine trees .The apples get black spots is there a spray to help with this problem?
Sherry on Aug 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. It actually sounds like you are dealing with Flyspeck The groups of tiny, dark spots you describe are called flyspeck. ... Flyspeck is a fungal disease that overwinters on the twigs of infected apple trees and other host plants, including some hardwood trees and brambles. In spring, the fungal spores of this organism spread during rainy weather and on wind currents. Use Bonide- fruit tree spray to control this issue.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Where is my order #2068687 est delivery Aug 7 ?!! No revised update yet. Not happy with you!
James S on Aug 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This is a Q&A forum for product questions: I'm sorry, but we don't have access to orders and customer information here. If you would kindly call Customer Support at 800.325.4180, email or visit and start a chat, they will be able to address your issue.
i want potted trees not bare root do you have them?
Robert R on Jun 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Unfortunately bare root trees are not available this time of the season. We will start shipping those again in February.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Apple tree resistant to cedar rust?
Diana P on May 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. I have included the link for all of our disease resistant varieties

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What varieties of apple trees can I plant that are resistant to cedar rust?
Capt. Frank on May 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. I have included a link to our disease resistant varieties.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Would Blondies work as a cross pollinator? You don't have golden delicious in stock.r
Eli G on May 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes the Blondee will work to pollinate with the granny smith as they are both mid season bloomers.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How big are the trees now, and how long before they produce fruit?
LJ G on Apr 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our trees are 2 years of age when shipped and will take 2-4 years after planting to bear fruit.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I know this is hardy in my zone of 5a but will it actually ripen fruit??? Ive read conflicting information...
Jessi on Mar 31, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have purchased a number of apples and had some great success. Some of the sp0ur type apples have been earlier to actually get fruit. I lost my granny smith tree to woodland creatures, but I will say, to be really successful you need to have a great pest management schedule. Also, thin out the apples. I know you want as many as possible, but I have a healthier and bigger crop when I thin them out and prune every year in the early spring (March). You should be fine with this variety, remember standard trees take a while to have a crop. Hope that helps.
I have a liberty apple and two fruiting crabapples; a Chester and a whitney, will these pollinate a granny smith?
Mari on Feb 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes. Your pollination needs are covered.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
what is EZ Start?
John L on Nov 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi John - We appreciate you reaching out to us. EZ Start?? is our branded potted tree. This is a bottomless pot that encourages dense feeder-root growth for a quick, strong establishment.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!

Customer Reviews

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Better than store bought
I bought two fruit trees at our local big box hardware store but they didn't have the Granny Smith tree that I wanted, so I sent for one from Stark Brothers. I had never bought a tree this way before. When the dry, dead looking stick with roots showed up I was a little skeptical but I followed the instructions and planted it. 6 weeks later the store bought trees looked nearly identicle to when I planted them but the Stark tree had more and healthier looking leaves than either of the other two trees. A year later the tree is healthy and growing. One store-bought tree remains, the other is nearly dead. I'll be sending for more trees from Stark.
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Not doing as well as the other 17 trees planted at the same time
Compared to the other Stark Bros. Trees that I ordered, especially the plums and apricots which are strong and healthy--one actually bore fruit in it's second year, it is growing very slowly, the trunk is spindly and so are the primary limbs which are very low to the ground and actually touching the ground, even without any fruit to weigh them down
I am seriously considering pulling it up and replacing it with one from another nursery. To be fair, I have a yellow delicious, purchased from another source, that is behaving the same way. My other three apple trees, Fireside, Red Delicious, and Red Rome, are doing fine and were planted in the same manner and have received the same care. So, I can't honestly place any blame on Stark Bros., But I am disappointed in the performance of the Granny Smith Semi-Dwarf.
I'm starting to get some age on me (68), and as long as it takes for fruit trees to mature, I really don't have the time to spend replacing trees and waiting to see if they will make it.
August 15, 2016
over 6 years ago
Great Product, But Pay Attention to Pruning
I actually bought 4 different apple varieties from Stark, all shipped bare-root, and I highly recommend that approach. Be sure to follow the planting directions immediately upon delivery. Just as important, read their pruning suggestions on their website, and prune at the earliest possible time. I essentially "lost" a year because I did not prune at the first opportunity. Also, pay attention to the shape of the tree when delivered. I pruned for a pyramidal shape, but on retrospection, I wonder if their stock isn't shaped initially for the "open-center" shape. If any doubts about your particular stock, call them and ask. Finally, be aware that young trees are attractive to deer, even without fruit!
May 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
Granny Smith Apple Tree
Tree arrived as described. Planted as soon as it arrived. The tree has thrived and grown three (3) times it size since I got it a year ago.
May 5, 2016
over 7 years ago
Fantastic Late Apple
Wonderful apple, and one of my favorites. Love it for pies, and eating fresh too. The flavors get better and more complex during storage. Keeps a long time for us in a refrigerator with moisture.
May 30, 2016
Wonder Apples
I always purchase my fruit trees in bulk for my commercial orchards.I also buy the biggest trees available because they have better roots. The Granny Smith was originally purchased as pollinators but when I saw how well they managed their first year even in blistering heat, I was sold on having more in the orchard's inventory. The trees were solid performers from the time they were planted through surviving a miserable winter. They grow in leaps and I am looking forward to my first crop from my Granny Smiths.
May 16, 2017
over 4 years ago
Granny Smith Apple
Tree arrived in good condition and a year later is doing well. Would love to see the return of the Starkspur Granny Smith, but this will do quite fine. Love working with Starkbros
May 23, 2016
over 6 years ago
Looks good so far
This tree is growing well has yet to bloom but but has survived two winters so I think it will be fine hope to get some apples soon.
May 16, 2016
over 6 years ago
Just fantastic
/I think this tree plus the golden delicious for the pollinator will do just fine. I was impressed with the shirt time it took for it to show some vibrant life. ?Since this did so well I order a second mate... In my retirement life aaia hope tohave some delicous apple pie plus any extras.
I only regret not getting them sooner....
Recommended with the highest points.
August 3, 2016
over 4 years ago
waiting for pies
The GS tree arrived last year (november) in good shape pre-pruned we planted it and now we're waiting for it to break dormancy. thankfully we had an easy winter here In NW Oh. so the rabbits left it alone. I'm hoping in a couple yrs. we can make pies from the fruit.
March 12, 2016
over 5 years ago